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list of appropriate entities like planned parenthood and acorn to have outreach about the bill's new program. oppose this bill. e speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia's time has expired. the gentleman from michigan reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. rangel: mr. speaker, at this time i'd like to yield one minute to the distinguished dean of the congressional black caucus, the senior member of this great house of representatives and someone who has indicated his concerns about health care for many, many years ago, congressman conyers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan is recognized for one minute. mr. conyers: thank you, chairman rangel, and all of our colleagues that have supported single payer health care. 86 other members are now working to make sure that we get this bill passed. i single out my colleague, dennis kucinich, and mr. weiner,
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for their particularly effective work. but i want to say that this is the same battle that some people went through when we passed social security. which had the same naysayers, the same people when we passed medicare, same naysayers. same people when we passed medicaid, same naysayers. and now we're trying to reform health care today and what do we get? the same people saying no again. so i'm proud to bring all of the support that i can to make sure that this bill becomes law, that more people are covered and that pre-existing injuries no longer will be an excuse to get rid of people. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. camp: at this time i yield one minute to the gentleman from georgia, mr. kingston. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is
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recognized for one minute. mr. kingston: i thank the gentleman. madam speaker, what we have today is another pelosi plan for america. but let's remember the pelosi plan for jobs. an $8 billion stimulus plan that caused unemployment to go from 8.5% to over 10%. let's remember the pelosi plan for automobiles. cash for clunkers. a $3 billion program that even the democrats agreed did not work and it was killed after three weeks. the pelosi plan for fiscal discipline, $1.4 trillion debt this year, the highest in history. and let's not forget the pelosi plan for national security, dithering in afghanistan. now we have the pelosi plan for health care. it kills small businesses and jobs, it raises taxes, it raises premiums, it cuts medicare, it takes away your current health care coverage and spends $1 trillion. vote no on the pelosi plan for a government takeover of health care and join the bipartisan members of this congress who plan to do so and promote an
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alternative which is far better. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from michigan reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. rangel: thank you, madam speaker. i yield for the purposes of unanimous consent to faleomavaega, my friend from samoa. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from samoa is recognized for one minute. mr. faleomavaega: madam speaker, god is good, i ask unanimous consent that my statement be made part of the record in full support for health care for all our fellow americans. god bless america. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. faleomavaega: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. rangel: i yield to myself such time as i may consume. how much time is remaining? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york has 9 1/2 minutes remaining. and the gentleman from michigan has three minutes remaining. mr. rangel: i yield to myself two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. rangel: well, this is it for the members on the ways and
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means committee and others that have come in such outstding leadership to be a part of history. it's unfortunate that we were unable to create aatmosphere of bipartisanship because certainly the 40 million people without health insurance, we can't distinguish between those who are republicans and those who are democrats. clearly we had enough information of the number of people that were in the congressional district, all of our congressional districts, that had no insurance at all. i am more than certain that my colleagues on the other side of the aisle have heard the very same stories we have. people who thought they were insured and they were not. people who wanted insurance and they boo not insure them because they -- and they would not insure them because they had some other condition. other people work hard every day of their life and aren't given
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insurance and they can't afford to buy it. this isn't the pelosi plan. this is a plan for all of america and to make us proud to know that our country is concerned about us and our children and our grandchildren and, yes, the american medical association, aarp and everyone's throwing papers around. but this is the national groups that have asked america and this congress to step up and fulfill our responsibility and it's not just for our constituents. it's for our great country. to have her as strong as she can be, to be able to know that we can compete with any other nation, no matter what part of the world that we're on. and that our work force will not only be educated and touted in order to compete but we will be healthy. every industrialized country takes care of their people. it's not a political thing. it's certainly here, it's not a republican or democratic thing,
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it's, are we going to be healthy, are we going to be strong, are we going to be certain a that when you count america, you count among the healthy? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. does the gentleman reserve? mr. rangel: i reserve the balance of my time. at this time i want to bring to the floor an outstanding member of congress who is the subcommittee chair on the education and labor committee. as you know, three committees had just, education and labor had jurisdiction, we had three chairman, but we had three subcommittee chairman who has been outstanding, he's been a friend of those without insurance, a friend of those who look forward to this bill being passed and it's with great distinction that i yield whatever time is left to the gentleman from new jersey. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yieldses the balance of his time to the gentleman
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from new jersey. without objection, the gentleman from new jersey will control that time. the gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. camp: thank you, madam speaker. at this time i yield one minute to the gentleman from texas, mr. gohmert. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for one minute. mr. gohmert: thank you, madam speaker. you know, this is well intended but you read section 501 and it basically says if you make too much to get free health care but you make too little to be able to buy it you're going to get taxed under this bill. it means well, it does damage. for those who have paid into medicare for 40 years or so, who expected to have it, they get cut hundreds of billions of dollars but illegals are going to get covered. come on now. in the 1960's they meant well with the great society but they offered a check for every child a woman could have out of wed lock meaning well, wanting to help them, but they lured them into a rut with no way out and
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they came to my court to be sentenced. we hurt people when we do the wrong things. the declaration of independence, founders pledged their live the, that are fortunes, their sacred honor. this is the declaration of dependence that pledges americans' lives and their fortunes and there is no honor in that. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. andrews: may i inquire how much time is left on the ways and means on this side? the speaker pro tempore: 7 1/2 minutes. mr. andrews: madam speaker, i yield myself three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. andrews: madam speaker, the people of the country and the members of the house deserve a vigorous debate. they also deserve an accurate record. and i think the time has come to begin to clarify and correct some of the series of assertions that have been made here that are simply not correct. there was an assertion made from the minority side a few minutes
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ago that no one knows what will happen to those who are on tricare. or veterans health benefits. the gentleman may not know, but we do. nothing will change for a person under tricare or veterans benefits if they do not wish to have it changed. there was a statement made on the other side that the bill will, quote, cover illegal aliens, closed quote. that is incorrect. there is no subsidy and there is no coverage for an undocumented person. there have been numerous statements made on the other side that there will be massive tax increases on the american people. here is the fact. the fact is that there is a surtax in this bill that helps to pay for coverage of uninsured people and for better quality care. it affects the top .3% of households in this country. if you're an individual and you make more than $500,000 a year
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adjusted gross income, if you're a couple and you make more than $1 million a year adjusted gross income, it affects you. the statement has been made repeatedly, the bill will add to the deficit. that's not the truth, that's not what the congressional budget office says. they say the contrary. they say that the net effect of this bill is it will reduce the deficit in the first 10 years by in excess of $100 billion and that in the second 10 years the bill will reduce the deficit by somewhere in the neighborhood of .25% of g.d.p. the statement has been repeatedly made that it is a crime not to have health insurance. here's the accurate statement. because there is a penalty imposed on individuals who don't meet the individual mandate, and by the way that individual mandate has with it very generous subsidies and it has a
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hardship exemmingts, but it has been said that -- exemmingts, but it has said it's a crime not to have health care. that's not accurate. it's a crime to willingfully evade taxation just as it is with every other tax. it is said that this is a government takeover of health care. that is false. this is a consumer takeover of health care. and those who would be thal point gist for the insurance industry don't like that. the american people do and will. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. camp: at this time, madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to place in the record a letter from the joint committee on taxation which on page 3 indicates that both misdemeanor and prison penalties up to five years will be imposed. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. camp: at this time i yield one minute to the gentleman from texas, mr. poe. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for one minute. mr. poe: thank you, madam speaker.
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in my prior life i was a judge for 22 years. i tried only criminal cases and you read this bill, it forces everyone that can to buy insurance whether they want to or not. if they don't, they're taxed. but that tax is really a fine. be that as it may, if they don't pay the fine they're in violation of the i.r.s. code and they can pay another $250,000 fine and go to a federal penitentiary for five years. that is government oppression of the people, forcing them to buy insurance whether they want to or not. that is repressive government control and that's the way that i see it. if they don't submit they are forced to go to jail. you know, this bill is about government control. it's not about choice. it's oppression, it's not about liberty. you know, the constitution starts out, we the people. if this bill passes, especially this section, let's scratch out we the people and write in the phrase, we the subjects of big
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government. and that's just the way it is. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. andrews: madam speaker, i'm pleased at this time to yield 90 seconds to the gentlelady from ohio whose one of the authors of the small business provisions in the bill, ms. fudge, 90 seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from ohio is recognized for one minute. ms. fudge: thank you very much, madam speaker. you know, there comes a time, madam speaker, when we must choose that which benefits the greater good or look for selfish reasons to support the status quo. now is that time and i choose the greater good. when i go home, madam speaker, i will be able to say that i was asked to make health care more affordable and i said yes. this bill makes health care affordable for 36 million more americans by ensuring that working class citizens will never have to pay more than 12% of their income on health care premiums. and that people whose incomes are 400% of poverty or less will
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receive their premiums in the form of subsidies. more than 163,000 households in my district alone will benefit from these subsidies. when asked to increase access to care, i said yes. yes to the people of america who will no longer worry about being denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions. yes to the people of america whose families can now have regular checkups and free preventive care. madam speaker, i said yes to those who for the first time will have a family doctor instead of using the emergency room for routine matters. when asked to help the laid off worker, the small business owner, the working poor and those to can't make ends meet in this very struggling economy, i said yes. when asked to ensure that those who have health care today but may be dropped tomorrow are taken care of, i said yes. when asked to exhibit the courage needed to fight for change, i said yes. when the history of the 111th congress is written, i choose to
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be in that number that said yes to the people of america. thank you, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman from michigan is recognized -- the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. camp: i yield one minute to mr. rohrabacher backer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. mr. rohrabacher: this attempt at sliding americans into dependence on a government controlled health care system brings bait and switch to a new low. we have heard about the flaws in our current health care system, high cost, lack of portability, lose a job, lose insurance, discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions. yes, many of the heartwrenching stories we are hearing to justify this legislation are real. but correcting those maladies by requiring -- it only requires specific reform, it does not require transforming health care in america into a bureaucratically managed health care system that will cost hundreds of billions of dollars
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more including billions to provide health care for illegal aliens while at the same time cutting medicare by hundreds of billions of dollars. this so-called reform will destroy the freedom of the american people to make health decisions with their doctor and the doctor of their choice. it will transform our system rather than reform it and what we will end up with is a system that is massively more expensive, less effective and will be based on government controls and regulations -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the time of the gentleman from michigan has expired. the gentleman from new jersey has three minutes -- 3 1/2 minutes remaining. mr. andrews: gentlelady, who is a nurse, has made a great contribution, the gentlewoman from new york, mrs. mccarthy, is recognized for two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york is recognized for two minutes. mrs. mccarthy: i thank my
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colleague, were andrews, and i'd like to thank george miller for working with us. you know, we have known for years that we have a shortage of doctors, especially primary care doctors. we have a shortage of nurses, and this bill is going to help that. you know, when we talk about and i hear so many charges coming from the other side, i say, where have i been for months sitting through the committees and heard what we were doing? i want to say that with the education and labor committee, the nurse training and retention act for the students in nursing schools is in this bill, h.r. 3962. it will provide grants so we can have more new nurses, but to have more new nurses we have to have those who are educated. we can have that in this bill too. i also want to say that the years i have been fighting with the insurance companies to make sure that children that are born with disfigments on their
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face so they can have corrections, so for long term they won't have scars. in this bill we are going to be able to say the plastic surgeons are going to be able to work on these children. think about a child that is born without an ear, the insurance company say that's cosmetic. that's not cosmetic. the ear is actually part of the body so he can actually hear better, but the scars, emotional scars that happen to the children that are born with these deformities, that is wrong. if we can't take care of our children in this country, if we can't make sure our seniors on medicare get the kind of care that they need, i don't tell you -- i just went through surgery and i went to get my prescription filled. and my pharmacist said to me how lucky you don't have to pay more for your prescriptions until january 1.
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why? because i have the health care from the federal government. we can do better and we should. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman from minnesota controls 40 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from minnesota. mr. kline: thank you, madam speaker. i'll yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. kline: i thank the speaker. we have before us today more than 2,000 pages of legislative text that will give us public policy that will cost more than $1 trillion and creates a huge mores a of government bureaucracies. over 100 new offices, programs. let's look at briefly at one of
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these new offices. the democrats have a new superbureaucrat over personal health care decisions, the health choices commissioner. heading up the orwellian health choices administration. in the short time that we've had since this legislation was made public, we've combed these pages in the first part of these 2,000 pages to see if we can get a picture of the responsibilities, authorities and powers that were granted to this individual. as you can see, madam speaker, we actually had to go back to the supply store to get enough of these tabs. this superbureaucrat, this health choices commissioner turns out will have powers to define, deny, deem, determine, assess, administer and
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establish our health care benefits for all americans. it is no wonder that millions of americans are afraid of a government takeover of our health care. how can they not fear such a thing? this is unprecedented. this amount of power granted to one bureaucrat and, of course, there are other bureaucrats in this bill. i don't believe that this bill should see the light of day. it certainly should not pass. it's a recipe for job losses. it's a clear power grab by washington bureaucrats. it's a power grab. we ought to discard it altogether, press the reset button, start over. we can do better. the american people deserve better.
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let's vote no on this power grab by washington bureaucrats. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota reserves. the gentleman from new jersey has 1 1/2 minutes remaining. mr. andrews: thank you, madam speaker. at this time i'd like to yield to a gentleman who offered a very key provision about saving money through medical records technology, the gentleman from oregon, mr. wu, for 1 1/2 minutes. mr. wu: i thank the gentleman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from washington is recognized for 1 1/2 minutes. mr. wu: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today in strong support of health insurance reform. in 20, 40, 60 years this legislation will stand besides social security, the g.i. bill and medicare as a pillar of american health care and humane values. the bill creates a new health insurance exchange or marketplace to expand access
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and provide people with a menu of quality health insurance options so that they can choose a plan that best meets their own needs. the bill will create affordability credits to ensure that all americans have more affordable health care coverage. the bill will set a yearly limit on how much you can be charged for out-of-pocket expenses because no one should go broke because you get sick. in short, what health insurance reform means for americans is more security and stability. americans should not have to wait any longer for these reforms. we've been waiting since theodore roosevelt. we've been waiting since franklin roosevelt. we've been waiting since harry truman. we've been waiting since lyndon johnson. we've been waiting since jimmy carter. we've been waiting since bill clinton. it's time to stop the waiting and it is time to act. i yield back the balance of my time.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the time of the gentleman from new jersey has expired. the gentleman yields. the gentleman from minnesota is recognized. mr. kline: thank you, madam speaker. i yield for purpose of an unanimous consent question to the gentleman from california, mr. lewis. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. lewis: i thank the speaker. i rise to oppose h.r. 3962 and ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. kline: i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized for 40 minutes. mr. andrews: thank you, madam speaker. at this time it's my honor to yield to a person who spends a distinguished -- spent a distinguished career in this house fighting for this day, who is one of the principal authors of this bill, the leader of the committee, the chairman of the committee on education and labor, george miller, four minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for four minutes. mr. miller: i thank the gentleman for yielding, and i
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thank him so much for his contribution to this legislation to the debate in this house and to the role he's played in informing our members and the public about this bill. i want to begin by giving thanks, madam speaker, particularly on my committee, i want to thank the staff that's worked so terribly hard, shannon, megan, jody, aaron, meredith, rachel, who've all supported this tremendous team and professional staff of the committee on ways and means and energy and commerce and certainly to my colleagues, chairman rangel and chairman waxman. to our subcommittee chairs, mr. andrews, mr. pallone and mr. stark. it has truly been an honor to be involved in this debate and to sit in the same room with the dean of our house, john dingell, and to be able to craft this legislation. it's an honor i will remember the rest of my life. i thank the democratic leadership for giving us the space to bring president obama's bill to this house so that we can pass it and we can change america. and i certainly want to thank
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speaker pelosi. without her leadership, her tenacity, her passion we would simply not be here today. we are about to make history. and the reason we are about to make history is because many of us have so much confidence in the very great things that america is capable of achieving. america has been challenged throughout its history to achieve great things. on behalf of americans, on behalf of the world community, we have risen to that challenge. but throughout that history, one challenge has eluded us, the challenge to come and to finally provide access to affordable health care for all of our citizens, for all americans, to provide them the kind of security that they would know with this legislation, to provide them the understanding that never again will they live in fear that they will be without
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health care. for whatever circumstance takes prays in their life. and for every member of the chamber on both sides of the aisle have encountered our citizens throughout the years as they told us terrible stories, dramatic stories, painful stories, sad stories about how their family has been crushed or their friends or their neighbors, people they care about, that they work with, by circumstances beyond their control. how when one circumstance leads to another, how in america today when the layoff notice comes you also are on notice that you will lose your insurance. your world is turned upside down immediately. you struggle to find employment or retraining. you struggle to refigure your family's finances and you know if your children are sick they won't be able to go to the doctor, you won't be able to afford it. if your spouse is in the middle of treatment, that treatment
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can be curtailed no matter what the illness, no matter how serious it is, no matter how important the treatment is. it can go in a flash. we cannot continue to ask american families to continue to live on that edge of uncertainty, of insecurity, of a possibility of fiscal ruin. a small event because of the lack of health care can explode into the life of a family, into the life of a community when it happens over and over and over again. but this legislation says that's not going to happen again in our future. we're going to become the architects and the builders of a system that will provide care to these people, will provide services to these people, will provide security for these people so that these american families can go to work with confidence, they can buy a home with confidence, they can think about their kids' education with confidence and, no, it
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will not all be wiped out in a flash because their insurance was canceled, the cap was placed on out-of-pocket expenses. mr. andrews: i yield the gentleman one minute. mr. miller: i thank the gentleman. that's what this legislation is about. we can all about all of the internal merits and the back and forth. but at the end of the day for the first time in our history we deliver to all americans the security that their family will have an opportunity to continue on a stable financial track and that they can make the kinds of plans that we want to make for our children, our grandchildren , that their neighbors might be able to make but because of the absence of this policy, but because of the absence of a comprehensive health care bill that provides universal access, because of the failure of a bill that will help families to help struggling families to
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meet premiums, because of that failure, as "the wall street journal" said, we pay a huge price of innovation because people know they will be penalized if they start a new business, if they take a new idea and try to take it to fruition, if they switch jobs for better opportunities, maybe career-wise doesn't have insurance, that they want to work for a startup -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. miller: let's give america for the first time the security for their families, their friends, their kids and their neighbors. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey wish to -- the gentleman from minnesota is recognized. mr. kline: i thank the speaker. at this time i would like to yield three minutes to the ranking member of the health subcommittee, certainly a member of the committee, the gentleman from georgia, dr. price. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized for three minutes. . mr. price: health care at its
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very core is a compassionate and moral endeavor. as a physician, i can tell you that i never saw a democrat or republican disease. the medical decision that each american makes are some of the most important and personal decisions ever made. and there are principles of health care that we should follow. think about those principles of accessibility and affordability and quality and responsiveness and innovation and choices. think about those principles. none of those principles are improved by the further intervention of the federal government, which is why we should adopt and concentrate on positive, patient-centered health care reform. it's so very important that principles will be in place that will ensure that patients, their families and doctors are able to make those perm medical conditions unencumbered by a
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stifled federal government. but this bill will not allow those independent decisions and is wrong in so many ways. this bill on page 94, will make it illegal for any american to obtain health care not approved by washington. this bill, on page 301, will force americans to purchase health coverage that washington picks, not that you select for yourselves. this bill, on pages 297 and 313 places job-killing taxes on virtually every single business. this bill, on page 211, will force millions of americans to lose their current personal, private health coverage thfment bill comes with a price tag of $1.3 trillion, which will be borne by our children and our grandchildren. this bill, on page 520 slashes billions of dollars from medicare that will necessitate health care rationing for seniors.
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and this bill, on page 733 empowers the washington bureaucracy to deny lifesaving patient care if it costs too much. this bill is not a health care bill. this bill is an afront on the moral morality of the provision of american health care. as a physician, when patients and their families and their doctors are not allowed to independently decide what care should be provided, we lose more than our health care system. we lose our morality and we lose our freedom. this bill, whether known or not, is an oppressive afront to every single american. the positive vote, the bipartisan vote on this bill is no. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from minnesota reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is
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recognized. mr. andrews: i yield to the the gentleman from michigan, mr. kildee, is recognized for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. kildee: madam speaker, i rise today in strong support of h.r. 3962, the affordable health care for america act. choices regarding health care are some of the most personal decisions we make. the ability to choose one's doctor and decide on a course of treatment with one's physician is an american right and so is access to affordable health care. mo of us can agree that our current health insurance system is broken. the cost of insurance has skyrocket nd recent years, leaving many families struggling to struggle or go without. others are denied insurance due to pre-existing conditions. saddling them with terrible medical debt when they need treatment.
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these treatments, along with other factors, madam speaker, have led to nearly 50 million americans without any health insurance. 71,000 live in my district. i urge the passage of this bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentleman from minnesota is recognized. mr. kline: at this time, i'm very pleased to yield one minute to the gentlelady from north carolina, former member of this committee and now a member of the rules committee, dr. foxx. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from north carolina is recognized for one minute. ms. foxx: i thank my colleague from minnesota. the people of america are struggling with 17% effective unemployment brought on by actions of this democratically-controlled government and what do the democrats want to do? give us more government. they expect us to believe that
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more government control of our lives is good. more government control is not good. we have been successful as a nation because of our freedom. taking away freedom will weeken us as a people and a country. the american people know that and have told us that. they're opposed to this bill. medicare, the kind of treatment they want us to have, denies treatment twice as often as most private insurance. that will be our future. rationed health care and destruction of freedom. my colleagues should say know to the pelosi-obama freedom-killing, job-killing h.r. 3962. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. the gentleman from minnesota reserves. the gentleman from new jersey. mr. andrews: when people are about to deprived, the leader of the progressive caucus will be our next speaker, the gentlelady from california, ms. woolsey is recognized for two minutes.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for two minutes. ms. woolsey: thank you to congressman rob andrews who kept this clear and made it understandable for every single person in this country. thank you, congressman. let's put aside all the numbers and fuzzy terminology and let's talk about what this bill really means to average americans. madam speaker, i'll never forget 40 years ago waking up in the middle of the night with a start night after night after night because i did not have health insurance for my three small children and it was not anything that had to do with anything that we had caused. i would wonder what would happen, what if my children got ill or one of them was injured because of no health insurance.
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well thrks bill that we're talking about today, with it, our families would have been secure. we would have been much healthier because we would have known that we had health insurance. so, mr. speaker, let's take a family of two, two working parents, two children. with this bill, if one of the children gets sick, the parents won't have to worry with arguing with the health insurance company for treatment. if the mother gets breast cancer, the family won't have to worry that their health insurance company will cancel their coverage because it doesn't want to pay for her treatment. if one of the parents loses his or her job, the family will be able to go into the health exchange and choose, choose between public and private plans.
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if the family can't afford to pay the premium, there will be affordability credits to help them. that security would have meant a better life for me, it would have met a better life for my children that year. we want to make sure that every child has that security. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady eye time is expired. the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentleman from minnesota. mr. kline: i yield for one minute to a very important member of the committee, the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. petri. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. petri: i thank my colleague from minnesota. i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. unemployment is 10.2%, the highest in 26 years and we are being asked to vote on a bill that will alter and disrupt 1/6 of our economy, hit businesses
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with costly new regulations, ratchet up medicaid mandates on the 50 states, raise taxes on job creators, impose skyrocketing insurance premiums on individuals and families and destroy popular medicare advantage plans. all this while failing to bend the curve cost down and not providing reform. this bill spends over $1 trillion to provide health insurance to less than 15% of americans. to pay for this budget area train wreck, it poses $730 billion in new taxes and relies on a series of budget gimmicks and a slippery attempt to claim it won't contribute to our government tsunami. this legislation will bring about a radical intrusion of government into every sector of health care and puts bureaucrats between patients and doctors. it doesn't make sense. and let's not pass this. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from minnesota reserves. members are reminded to heed the gavel. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. andrews: the minority says the bill doesn't have enough prevention, but the american cancer society supports the bill. the minority says it destroys the doctor-patient relationship but the a.m.a. supports the bill. the minority says it is bad for seniors but the aarp supports the bill. there is a credibility issue and it doesn't work for the minority. i yield to mr. sestak. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for a minute and 15 seconds. mr. sestak: little shy of three years ago i came to this congress to pay back a debt. after three decades in the u.s. military, my young four-year-old was struck with the same brain tumor that senator kennedy had,
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but because of the health care insurance that was provided to me in the military, she was given a chance. i was taken how and why we do that. it's not because we areenerous but reap great dividends. this congress sent me off to a war. and while i was gone, my daughter and my wife were taken care of and my mind was on the mission. in military, we reap the benefit of healthy focused warriors. i'm taken with this bill. it gives us productive workers and combines in my mind, the best of america's character, rugged individualism, allied with the common enterprise of this nation. it gives us the quality of life. in the military, we reap such great benefits. this bill to me is no different. and it's time to be about it. thank you. i yield back the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentleman from minnesota is recognized. mr. kline: at this time, i would like to yield two minutes to the ranking member of the armed services committee and the former ranking member of the education and labor committee, the gentleman from california, mr. mckeon. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for two minutes. mr. mckeon: i thank the ranking member for yielding. it's been said that abraham lincoln said you cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift, you cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong, you cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer and cannot further the brotherhood of man by encouraging class hatred or help the poor by destroying the rich, you cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn. you cannot build character and courage by taking away man's initiative and independence. you cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves. madam speaker, we violate today
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what we're doing here violate all these principles that abraham lincoln spoke so eloquently about. i rise in strong opposition to this pelosi bill of over 2,000 pages at a time when we are suffering the highest unemployment in this country since 1983. the american people can't afford these massive new spending increases and i refuse to pass this great burden on to my children and grandchildren. i offered two amendments to try to improve this bill, one to require members of congress to enroll in the public option like we're going to require all of to you do. and one of these -- that said that illegal immigrants will not revenue benefits under this bill. commonsense provisions that were voted down by the democrats and the rule committee. democrats voted down every single republican amendment except one. how is that for bipartisanship? this legislation kills jobs and costs over $1 trillion in money
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we don't have. the republican plan will cut costs through tort reform, negotiating across state lines and through purchasing power, support the republican alternative and oppose the pelosi plan. this is an absolute disaster. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from minnesota reserves. the gentleman from new jersey recognizeed. mr. andrews: i yield myself 30 seconds. with all due respect what is an absolute disaster is the repeated misrepresentation of certain things that are in this bill. we just heard one. no one is forced to join the public option, no one. it's not in the bill, and i would frankly invite the minority to show us where it is. secondly, members of congress are positioned exactly the way everyone else is with the public option. when and if the time comes that the federal government is a participating employer in the exchange, we could either choose the public option or not.
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the house deserves an accurate record. at this time, i would be yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentlelady from new hampshire, miscarol shea-porter. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for 1 1/2 minutes. . ms. shea-porter: this bill will provide coverage for 128,000 residents. 128,000 households will qualify for credit to help them afford the coverage of their choice. we will invest more in community health centers. we make medicare stronger which is why aarp has endorsed this bill. we start to close the medicare part d doughnut hole in 2010, and it will be completely closed by 2019. we will provide a 50% discount
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for name brand drugs for those in the doughnut hole and we eliminate co-payments for preventive care. today, we make history. for our seniors, for our children, for the middle class. today we vote for an america where discrimination based on pre-existing conditions is a think of the past. today we vote for an america where getting sick doesn't mean losing your home. today after decades of debate we finally vote for a healthier america. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. the gentleman from new jersey reserves, the gentleman is recognized. >> before i yield to the gentlelady from washington, i'd like to yield for a unanimous consent request to the gentleman from kentucky, mr. rogers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. rog spers: i rise in opposition to this freedom-taking bill and ask unanimous consent to revise and extend.
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the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from minnesota is recognized. >> i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the gentlelady from washington, a member of the committee, ranking member of the subcommittee, cathy mcmorris roger -- cathy mcmorris rodgers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. mrs. mcmorris rodgers: the american public made it clear they want the right bill enacted, not just any bill. look at the stimulus bill rushed through congress. they said, unemployment won't go over 8%, we're now at 10.2%. we've lost three million jobs and have a $1.4 trillion deficit. like my mom used to say you rush, you make mistakes. this health care reform bill will be no different. it spends $1.3 trillion, its it taxes employers $750 billion, many of whom are small business owners at the very time we need these small business owners to
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be created job -- creating jobs. we need jobs. isn't it interesting that even the administration's own economic advisor has estimated this bill will cost america an additional 5 pnt 5 million jobs. other reforms in the bill all but eliminate medicare advantage, hurting 20,000 seniors in eastern washington and millions across the country. for rural community the bill calls on the institute of medicine to study payment disparities in rural regions system of we're spending $1.5 trillion and the only relief we get is another study in my list of concerns goes on and on. the republicans have a better way. one that lowers premiums for families as much as 10%. billions saved in medical liability reform. allowing people to purchase health insurance across state lines. it continues the continuity in coverage. it's a solution that doesn't indebt our children and grandchildren.
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madam speaker, just this week, thousands of people stood on the capitol steps. they called on congress to oppose this legislation. i urge us to heed their warning, vote no, let's slow down the process and get the right kind of reform, not just any kind of reform. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. the gentleman is recognized. >> i yield myself 15 seconds. the gentlewoman quoted an unknown, phantom obama advidor. christina roemer of the administration said it will will add several million jobs. i'm pleased to yield to the gentleman from illinois, mr. heir, 1 1/2 minutes. -- mr. hare, 1 1/2 minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. hare: when i was growing up as a young boy my parents lost
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their home my father was ill, couldn't make the pames. i remember coming home the day of my older sister's weding to see a process server with a notice to evict and 30 days to leave. two days before my father died, i sat by his bed and he made me -- he told me two promises i want you to make to me. take care of the girls and your mother, and no matter what you do, please see that this will not happen to another family. tonight, in a few hour, i'll have the opportunity to keep that promise to my dad and to the tens of thousands of other people who have lost their homes and everything they've had simply because they were sick. all the fear mongering, all the disstate mments of -- misstatements of facts and figure, health care is a right. it's not a privilege. and so as my father tonight and other people that came after
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him, i will stand proud for this bill and no amount of shouting and no amount of tearing this down and calling the bill whatever you want to call it, i call it giving people exactly what this country promises them, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. with that, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentleman is recognized. >> i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from michigan, mr. hoekstra. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. hoekstra: today i met teresa. she had a sign that said, i love my country. on the other side it said, my future. her brother xavier had a sign that said, give me liberty, not death. if we pass pelosi health care tonight, tomorrow morning we'll still all love our country, but we will have jeopardized her
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future. a bailout a stimulus, cap and trade, and pelosi health care have jeopardized her future. for xavier, we'll have given him death. another $1.2 trillion on top of the $1.4 trillion we gave him last year. i'll vote no, because i believe that's the vote that says, i love my country. i'll vote no because i believe that's the vote that preserves our future and i will vote no because i know that that will preserve xavier's liberty and not give him more debt. with that, i urge my colleagues to vote no on this bill and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from minnesota reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. >> madam speaker, i'm pleased to yield to the gentleman from iowa, mr. loebsack, for 1 1/2 minutes.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 1 1/2 minutes. mr. observe sack: thank you, mr. andrews. i'm -- mr. loebsack: thank you, mr. andrews. i'm proud to be here, i'm proud to support the bill before us. i've heard from countless iowans about the desperate need to change the system we have and i believe this will provide true and comprehensive reform. since coming to congress, i've polled just about everyone i could and everyone who would listen to me that comprehensive reform could not be achieved without addressing geographic disparities in the medicare payment system. many other members agreed and we formed the quality care coalition and brought about that change. there's much-needed language in this bill to fix a broken medicare payment system. by focusing now on the quality of services provided to patients instead of the quantity of services this provision will provide significant cost savings in
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medicare and benefit patients in iowa and across america. i want to thank in particular my leadership my chairman on the committee, george miller, my friend, rob andrews, chairman waxman, and chairman rangel for their work on this issue and i urgern to vote for this bill before us. -- i urge everyone to vote for this bill before us. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields pack. the gentleman from minnesota is recognized. mr. kline: i yield one minute to the gentleman from south carolina, mr. ill withson. -- mr. wilson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. wilson: the nfib has sounded the alarm about the employer mandates, pafrle tax penalty and unnecessary paperwork mandate crippling small businesses. the opposition letter from the nfib warns that the pelosi takeover includes multiple mandates, economic research
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shows that mandates are ultimately borne by the worker, through job loss and lower wages. the nfib warn house the payroll tax penalty is a tax on jobs and job creation. additionally the unnecessary paperwork mandate will place a new paperwork burden on all small businesses at a time when they're struggling to stay afloat. the nfib has estimated the takeover effort will cost 1.6 million jobs at a time of record unemployment. we should supportry form, not government takeover. i move for unanimous consent to include the nfib letter from vice president susan exer lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman -- susan eckerlie. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman is recognized. mr. andrews: i'm pleased to yield to the gentlelady from nevada, ms. titus, for two minutes.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for two minutes. ms. titus: madam speaker, for more than six months i've discussed the need for health care reform with my constituents and time and again, i heard from small business owners who were struggling to afford health care coverage. over the last decade, the average health insurance premium has more than doubles for -- doubled for nevada small businesses and without comprehensive reform, nevada small business health premiums are expected to again double over the next decade. in this year alone, small businesses across the country are being hit with a 15% average increase in premiums. it's clear that the status quo is unacceptable and unsustainable. i had concerns about the earlier versions of this bill, but i'm pleased that h.r. 3962 before us today is significantly improved and takes important steps to help make health insurance more affordable. i work to raise the income level at which people are assessed a health care
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surcharge. and the new threshold is significantly higher, up from $350,000 per cupple to $1 million this means that 98.8% of all small businesses will be exempt from paying any surcharge. the bill also exempts small businesses with payrolls below $500,000 from the employer mandate testimony that means that 86% of all employers are exempt. many small businesses that choose to offer insurance to their employees will be eligible for a tax credit to help offset those costs. i'm especially proud that the provision i championed to expand the health insurance exchange so that more businesses could participate was included and strengthened in this bill. this will ensure that small businesses have additional options for purchasing health insurance at a lower cost. all these improvements combined will strengthen small businesses so they will be critical engines of growth in our community. so it's time small businesses
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knew who really stood up for them and cared about them and their employees. i urge my colleagues to support this bill and stand up for small business. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentleman from minnesota is recognized. mr. kline: i yield one minute to a member of the committee, the gentlelady from illinois, mrs. biggert. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. mrs. biggert: i thank the gentleman for yielding and madam speaker, i rise in strong opposition to this $1.3 trillion government takeover of health care. time and again the president promised the american people that if they liked the health care insurance they have, they can keep it. i introduced an amendment in the education committee that says what he said. if you like the health care insurance you have, you can keep it. and the democrats depeted this amendment with a unanimous vote. this bill does not keep the president's promise. instead, it would allow a group of unelected, government